Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 16, 2012

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Clean Harbors to Pay More Than $1 Million in Hazardous Waste Settlement

A subsidiary of Clean Harbors Inc. has agreed to pay more than $1 million for hazardous waste violations in an U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settlement.

The EPA said in a news release that Clean Harbors of Braintree Inc. of Massachusetts, a unit of the Norwell, Mass.-based parent company, will pay a penalty of $650,000. It also will pay at least $450,000 for a fire truck, where the violations occurred. The city of Braintree, Mass., will share the cost. The hazardous waste company also will spend at least $612,500 to plant about 800 trees in low-income neighborhoods in Boston.

The EPA said the settlement revises an earlier August 2011 accord.  

The EPA identified nearly 30 violations at Clean Harbors’ hazardous waste processing plant in Braintree in 2007. The violations included inadequate waste characterization, failure to properly maintain its hazardous waste tanks, inadequate secondary containment and improper storage of incompatible wastes.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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